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Key Events

86'
M. Budziński
Goal
85'
C. Metcalfe
N. Atkinson
83'
J. McGing
Yellow Card
76'
K. Rowles
L. Wales
71'
M. Budziński
D. Vidošić
65'
J. Bingham
K. Appiah-Kubi
65'
L. Rose
T. Hiariej
64'
T. Hiariej
Yellow Card
51'
N. Fitzgerald
D. Arzani
50'
J. McGing
Goal
Kick Off
45'
A. Golec
Yellow Card
42'
S. Jamieson
Assist
42'
R. McCormack
Goal
27'
H. Delbridge
Red Card
13'
Baró
Goal
Kick Off
3
3
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
4
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 6
Total Passes 499 456

Commentary

FULL TIME - An extraordinary contest comes to an end on the Central Coast!  In a carbon copy of the first half, the Mariners went ahead early in the second period via a Jake McGing header however it was a blistering strike just four minutes from time from Marcin Budzinski, initially disallowed, that equalised for the visitors.  At full time: Central Coast Mariners 2 Melbourne City 2.
90' + 5' The Mariners send a hopeful ball forward however Asdrúbal is caught out of position and the flag is up for offside.
90' + 4' Ross McCormack gets on the end of the cross from the right but his header balloons into the air before landing on top of the net.
90' + 2' The ball is pinging from one end of the field to the other at the moment as both sides desperately search for a late winner.
90' + 1' Despite being a man down for most of this match, it looks to be City who have the edge in fitness as we head into the dying minutes of this knife edge contest.
90' We will have five minutes of additional time played in this pulsating second half - is there a winner left in this match?!
M. Budziński
Goal
Melbourne City
86' GOAL CITY - Controversy on the Central Coast!  Marcin Budzinski unleashes a rocket from outside the box that beats Ben Kennedy and scorches into the back of the net.  The goal is initially denied by an offside ruling however, after viewing the replay, the VAR is quick to award the equaliser.  Central Coast Mariners 2 Melbourne City 2.
C. Metcalfe
N. Atkinson
Melbourne City
85' SUBSTITUTION CITY - The final change for City sees Nathaniel Atkinson making way for Connor Metcalfe.
85' SAVE!  Off the ricochet, the ball hangs in the air before falling for Ross McCormack - the striker is in prime position for the header but his effort from close range is well blocked by Ben Kennedy.
J. McGing
Yellow Card
Central Coast Mariners
83' YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Jake McGing goes into the book for a hold in midfield.
82' Injury concerns here for the Mariners with Jacob Melling hitting the turf with cramp - he will have to battle through as the home side have already used up all three substitutions.
81' Josh Bingham has the ball out to the right however he is outnumbered by City defenders who wrest back possession before laying the ball back to Dean Bouzanis.
77' Nathaniel Atkinson, combining with Nick Fitzgerald, looks to deliver in from the right however he succeeds only in finding a nest of Mariners' defenders.
K. Rowles
L. Wales
Central Coast Mariners
76' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - A third and final change for the Mariners - Lachlan Wales, whose set piece play was superb this afternoon, receives a standing ovation as he leaves the field to be replaced by Kye Rowles.
74' It's been a busy few minutes for Asdrúbal - he shoots from the top of the penalty area but has blazed well over the crossbar without troubling City keeper Dean Bouzanis.
M. Budziński
D. Vidošić
Melbourne City
71' SUBSTITUTION CITY - A second change for the visitors with Dario Vidošić replaced by Marcin Budziński.
70' SO CLOSE!  Ross McCormack lays the ball out to the right to Nick Fitzgerald who does well to shake off the defender before releasing the trigger - his effort flashes past the far post but it was only inches away.
67' MISSED CHANCE!  Asdrúbal makes the break before bursting into the box with just the keeper ahead - Michael Jakobsen however with an excellent second effort is able to close down the Mariners' forward.
J. Bingham
K. Appiah-Kubi
Central Coast Mariners
65' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - It's a double change for the Mariners with Appiah leaving the field to be replaced by Josh Bingham.
L. Rose
T. Hiariej
Central Coast Mariners
65' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - Tom Hiariej succumbs to injury and leaves the field to be replaced by Liam Rose.
T. Hiariej
Yellow Card
Central Coast Mariners
64' YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Tom Hiariej is handed a yellow card for a professional foul after kicking the ball away - his afternoon looks to be done in any case as he goes to ground with his leg injury.
62' Lachlan Wales has created plenty of headaches with his set-piece play this afternoon - he whips in a dangerous free kick that creates some chaos in the penalty area before the City defence eventually scramble the ball clear.
61' Dario Vidosic looks to get on the end of a dangerous cross in from the left however Antony Golec gets back in the nick of time to clear with a defensive header.
59' Substitute Nick Fitzgerald, fresh on the field, weaves his way into the box with a clever run however he takes one touch too many and is eventually closed down by Alan Baró.
59' There's a break in play with Tom Hiariej in plenty of discomfort with what appears to be a hamstring concern - he will come to the sidelines for treatment and we are down to 10 on 10.
58' Ross McCormack fires at goal with the free kick - the ball clears the crossbar but it wasn't all that far away!
56' Nick Fitzgerald is taken down from behind by Storm Roux to earn the visitors a free kick - it will be the dangerous Ross McCormack to line up from about 30m out from goal.
55' It's been a lively start to this second half for the Mariners who, despite running into the breeze, are dominating general play at the moment.
N. Fitzgerald
D. Arzani
Melbourne City
51' SUBSTITUTION CITY - Melbourne City make their first change with Daniel Arzani replaced by Nick Fitzgerald.
J. McGing
Goal
Central Coast Mariners
50' GOAL MARINERS - The home side take back the lead!  A delightful corner from Lachlan Wales creates a contest that sees the ball rocket into the crossbar - the quick thinking Jake McGing is on the end of the rebound and he heads over Dean Bouzanis into the open goal.  Central Coast Mariners 2 Melbourne City 1.
49' Lachlan Wales plays the ball through for Storm Roux however Osama Malik is on hand to block the ball over the goal line for a Mariners' corner
47' Dean Bouzanis is in good position to deal with the cross in from the right that was headed towards goal before the keeper thumps the ball 60m downfield!
46' The wind has increased if anything as this match has progressed - it's Melbourne City with the advantage in this second half.
45' SECOND HALF - The Mariners kick off to get us back underway at Central Coast Stadium!
We are not far away from a start in the second half with players taking up their positions.
HALF TIME - The referee blows his whistle for half time.  With the breeze at their back, the Mariners went one up early and looked to be in control after the sending off of Harrison Delbridge however the 10 man Melbourne City struck back via in-form striker Ross McCormack to equalise late in the half.  At half time: Central Coast Mariners 1 Melbourne City 1.
45' + 3' Last opportunity for the Mariners here in this first half, with the advantage of this strong breeze, here to try and wrest back the lead.
A. Golec
Yellow Card
Central Coast Mariners
45' YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Daniel Arzani is on the end of a heavy clash with Anthony Golec who is handed a yellow card for his trouble.
45' We will have three minutes of additional time played in this first half.
S. Jamieson
Assist
Melbourne City
42' Ross McCormack has been in superb form in recent times with the assistance of some excellent delivery from up the field - on this occasion it was Scott Jamieson setting up the City striker for the equaliser.
R. McCormack
Goal
Melbourne City
42' GOAL CITY!  An equaliser for the 10 man Melbourne City!  Scott Jamieson lays the ball off to Ross McCormack who is simply deadly in front of goal at the moment - the striker fires through the legs of Antony Golec and past the diving Ben Kennedy.  Central Coast Mariners 1 Melbourne City 1.
41' Nathaniel Atkinson pokes his header to a dangerous area in the goal mouth however Antony Golec is on hand to clear off the last line of defence.
39' Lachlan Wales is unmarked out to the left hand side - the pass is headed in his direction however the linesman's flag is up for offside.
38' On the counter attack, Tom Hiariej unleashes a vicious strike from long range however his effort whistles over the crossbar!
35' SAVE!  Ross McCormack turns onto his left foot before unleashing a rocket at goal however Ben Kennedy is in perfect position to make the save - the ball is still alive on the rebound but the Mariners' defence is able to remove any danger.
32' The wind is certainly having an effect as the Luke Brattan corner clears everyone creating a half chance at the far post for Nathaniel Atkinson however he can't control his shot and has blazed over.
31' Luke Brattan cuts the ball back to Ross McCormack at the top of the penalty area but, after having a peek at goal, the striker is quickly closed down and can't get a strike away.
30' The good news for the Mariners is that Blake Powell is back on his feet though he looks to be in plenty of discomfort.
H. Delbridge
Red Card
Melbourne City
27' RED CARD CITY - Melbourne City are down to 10 men!  After losing control of the ball Harrison Delbridge slides in late on Blake Powell who is left in plenty of pain.  The appeals from the home side is for a straight red card and the referee obliges.
23' Jacob Melling puts the ball through for Appiah who has plenty of options in front of goal however his attempt to whip the ball in is cut off with a corner to the home side the end result.
21' On the other side of the ledger, Lachlan Wales has been in everything for the Mariners down the left hand side however he sprays his attempted cross.
18' Daniel Arzani has been lively in this first half for Melbourne City however his first touch is a little heavy on this occasion and he ends up conceding a free kick for his challenge on Jake McGing.
17' On the counter attack, Jacob Melling bursts over half way and within range of goal - he blasts a shot from well beyond the area but he has blazed his effort well over the crossbar.
15' The goal to ​Alan Baró was an excellent reward for the Mariners who have controlled the majority of play in the opening quarter hour.
Baró
Goal
Central Coast Mariners
13' GOAL MARINERS!  The Mariners score the opener!  Lachlan Wales swings in a dangerous free kick from just outside the area that comes off the head of Harrison Delbridge straight into the woodwork - on the end of the rebound is ​Alan Baró who heads home.  Central Coast Mariners 1 Melbourne City 0.
10' CHANCE!  An outstanding swinging cross in from the right from Daniel Arzani isolates Ross McCormack with just the keeper to beat however the striker fails to judge the ball into the breeze and he can't put it away.
7' Daniel Arzani, who has been the talk of the competition over the past week, bursts forward but he can't get back Alan Baró who stands his ground on the last line of defence.
6' The Mariners, with the breeze advantage, are playing with plenty of confidence in the opening minutes but have not yet been able to break down the City defence to create a goal scoring opportunity.
4' A burst through the middle of the field from Antony Golec creates an attacking opportunity for the home side however his through ball is cut off well by Harrison Delbridge.
3' It is the Mariners who have the breeze at their back in this first half.
2' A nice looking build up from the Mariners however the ball gets away from Lachlan Wales and runs over the goal line for a goal kick.
1' It's an extremely breezy afternoon on the Central Coast which could have an impact on the style of football we see this afternoon.
1' FIRST HALF - Melbourne City kick off and we are underway on the Central Coast!
We are not far away from a start now as both sides make their way out into the middle of Central Coast Stadium.
TEAMS - MELBOURNE CITY (4-2-3-1)  STARTING XI - Bouzanis (GK); Delbridge, Schenkeveld, Jakobsen, Jamieson; Brattan, Malik; Atkinson, Vidosic, Arzani; McCormack.  SUBS - Galekovic (GK), Muscat, Fitzgerald, Metcalfe, Budzinski. 
TEAMS - CENTRAL COAST MARINERS (4-4-2)  STARTING XI - Kennedy (GK); McGing, Baro, Golec, Roux; Hiariej, Wales, Appiah-Kubi, Melling; Asdrúbal, Powell.  SUBS - Pearce (GK), Rowles, Kekeris, Bingham, L. Rose.
Let's have a look at how the two sides will line up for this clash.
Melbourne City have recaptured some of their early season form and have a chance this afternoon to post their third victory in a row.  The attacking combination of Ross McCormack and Daniel Arzani is one to look out for - the pair combined for both of City's goals in the victory of Perth during the week.
Central Coast have endured a recent patch of late with just 2 draws and 4 losses from their past 6 fixtures.  They come into this fixture with some confidence however after pushing the second placed Jets right to the dying minutes in their last match.  A win this afternoon is essential if the Mariners are to keep in touch with the top 6.
A huge Sunday A-League double header kicks off at Central Coast Stadium with the clash between the Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne City.
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